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MANILA, Philippines - Heavy rains pounded Metro Manila and nearby provinces early Tuesday as a developing storm, or low pressure area (LPA), continued to move north over Luzon, the state weather bureau said.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), the LPA was last spotted 30 km north of Ambulong, Batangas. The LPA was earlier expected to turn into the fifth storm to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility this year but it was later downgraded after it made landfall and weakened.
The rains in Metro Manila reached 37.2 mm/hr from 2 a.m. to 5 a.m. Pagasa categorizes heavy rain as that reaching 7.5 mm/hr and above. Tanay in Rizal also experienced heavy rainfall when it recorded 10.2 mm of rains at past 6 a.m.
Earlier, Cavite also recorded very heavy rains. About 56.8 millimeters of rains were dumped at their observation site in Sangley Point between 12 a.m. and 3 a.m.
This is about the same amount of rain that the destructive tropical storm Ondoy dumped in an hour (56.83mm/hr). Ondoy unleashed a record month's worth of rain all over Metro Manila in just six hours back in September 2009.
In its advisory issued past 3 a.m., Pagasa warned residents in low-lying areas in Cavite to be on the lookout as the rains have continued to increase by the hour.
"Residents in high risk areas are advised to EVACUATE to higher grounds and MONITOR the weather condition and WATCH OUT for the next warning," Pagasa said via their official Twitter account.
According Pagasa, central and southern Luzon will continue experiencing cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms. Widespread rains will occur over central Luzon, Quirino, and Quezon provinces, which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
The LPA will continue affecting the country till Thursday.